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Improve your WiFi IQ: Understanding the Differences Between 2.4 and 5 GHz WiFi Networks

By Ian Framson

What is 5 GHz WiFi?

5 GHz is the "other frequency" WiFi client radios can use, besides 2.4 GHz, to connect to a wireless access point or hotspot.

Why would I want to use it?

First, because the 2.4 GHz band is crowded, and therefore has a greater chance of interference. There are too many devices using it: lots of other WiFi devices, including embedded WiFi radios, MiFis, personal mobile hotspots, but also non-WiFi radios like Bluetooth, cordless phones, baby monitors, and stuff like microwave ovens...

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Cuba Confirms its First High-Speed Fiber-Optic Cable is Being Tested

By Ian Framson

Many of today's meetings take place in Orlando and Miami -- destinations where high-speed Internet access is often taken for granted. Imagine a place (just 90 miles south of the tip of Florida) where most citizens have no Internet access whatsoever, and those fortunate enough to get online suffer through dial-up speeds and frequent outages. In 2013, it's hard to believe this news is just now being announced in Cuba, but an official Cuban government report has confirmed the first high-speed undersea fiberoptic cable from Venezuela (the ALBA-1) is going live.

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TED Talk by Andrew Blum: What is the Internet, really?

By Seth Burstein

When a squirrel chewed through a cable and knocked him offline, journalist Andrew Blum started wondering what the Internet was really made of. So he set out to go see it -- the underwater cables, secret switches and other physical bits that make up the net. For his new book, "Tubes," Andrew Blum visited the places where the internet exists in physical form: the cables and switches and servers that virtually connect us.

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Top 10 Tips for Meeting Planners Negotiating with Hotels

By Ian Framson (with help from our friends at Sparksight)

Before you head into a hotel negotiation check out these 10 amazing tips to ensure you get the best deal possible for your event.

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What is Fixed Wireless Bandwidth?

By Ian Framson

Behind every WiFi network and Ethernet drop is a broadband circuit that carries your data to the Internet. The bandwidth of this circuit is often measured in Mbps (Megabits per second). There are 2 primary ways to get bandwidth into an event: fiber-optic cable or fixed wireless technology.

In this blog post we'll explore fixed wireless technology as a viable bandwidth source for events.

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Is the Web Driving Us Mad?

By Ian Framson

Our world has become more "open and connected", but is all of this tweeting, liking, and sharing turning us into Internet-addicted cyborgs? Tony Dokoupil reports in Newsweek Magazine on the rise and demise of Jason Russell. Russel is a guy you may not recognize by name, but you may recall the short film he wrote and directed called Kony 2012, one of the Internet's most viral videos of all time.

We recognize the irony of an ISP sounding the alarm about the risks of Internet psychosis, but we found this article so compelling we had to share it anyway. Dokoupil provides an intimate and downright scary glimpse into the downward spiral and infinite digital vortex of the modern day Internet.

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Wi-Fi Glossary for Site Inspections

By Ian Framson

Here's a handy tool for event planners with quick definitions for Access Point, ADSL, Router, T1, T3 and other networking terms.

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Why the Discussion About Convention Center Wi-Fi is Coming to a Head

By Seth Burstein

Discussions about the cost, quality, availability and options for wireless connectivity in convention centers is more lively than ever. There are white papers, task forces and work groups springing up to address the various issues of increasing demand and stagnating supply. At the end of the day, the industry really needs some education.

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Tech Survey Reveals Future Challenges of Connectivity Cravings

Curated by Seth Burstein

EXPO Magazine's second annual Technology Survey 2012 details the technology interests of event organizers and where they plan to spend their money in the coming year. The predicted increase in expenditures on "connected" devices, platforms and apps that require on-site Wi-Fi may exacerbate an already challenging situation.

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Social Media is the New Canary in the Coalmine: Nintendo Event Proves the Canary Lives

By Ian Framson

Real-time social media channels are the canaries in the coalmines at events. When something goes wrong, the entire world knows about it. There is an upside to that though. When something goes incredibly right, everyone "hears" about it. Nintendo's press event at E3 was a perfect example.

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